Season's Readings for Middle Grade

Rebecca and Laura host a Kids Book Club for Middle Grade Readers and speak with elementary students all around the valley.  Here are some of their favorite books from 2017:





The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

Arianwyn is finally taking her witch’s assessment and  . . . she failed.  Now she has to be an apprentice witch in a small town until she tests again.  It seem like it will be pretty boring, and then it’s NOT!  So much fun - Rebecca





Rebel Genius by Michael Di Martino

Under the reign of Nezerra, all artists have been sundered from their genius spirits and left to waste away. Giacomo, an orphan who desperately wants to be an artist, finds himself with the dangerous blessing of a genius spirit and must flee for his life. This magical adventure ties together art and powerful magic with the rich storytelling we would expect from DiMartino, the co-creator of the award-winning Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender.  - Laura

Michael Di Martino will be apprearing at Rediscovered Books on Thursday, January 11, 2018




First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez

Malu (short for Maria Louisa) straddles two worlds, punk music and record stores on her dad’s side, and academic achievement and Mexican culture on her mother’s side.  When she lands at Posada Middle School, she finds herself on the outside again and takes on the school’s culture by starting her own punk band.  I loved this blend of music, art and family. - Laura





Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic by Armand Baltazar

Anti-gravity skateboards, naval battles, evil geniuses, and mashed up timelines, make Timeless an adventure addict’s dream. This alternate reality story in the tradition of Phillip Jose Farmer’s Riverworld combines adventure with 2,000 stunning full color paintings that immerse you in a fantastic world. Armand Balthazar’s creativity is a welcome addition to children’s literature. - Laura





Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce

In order to save Earth, Prez must help Sputnik come up with a list of reasons Earth is worth saving.  Along the way, Prez figures out what is important to him, yellow safety jackets and remotes : ) - Rebecca





Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Nine on an island, orphans all, anymore - the sky might fall.  The boat arrives, a new child walks on shore, the oldest leaves.  That’s how it goes, right? - Rebecca






Wonderling by Mira Bartok

In a tale reminiscent of Oliver Twist, our hero, 13 (he has only a number, no given name) survives in the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, where he must work assembling small gears and machines in a never ending cycle.  He lives and works their with other magical misfits, and his kind and gentle nature wins him what he desires most, a friend.  The two escape, and so begins the adventures with a rat-like Fagin, and the pursuit mysterious origins is this epic story for children. - Laura